Newcomers to Falcon Stadium will see it as one of the premier college football stadiums in America. Falcon football veterans, on the other hand, may not recognize the old stomping grounds
Prior to the 2006 season, FieldTurf was installed at a cost of $750,000. The new turf covers 84,480 square feet with an additional 26,520 square feet of native grass surrounding it.
There are approximately 380 tons of rubber and sand infill between the synthetic fibers. The surface is capable of draining up to 12 feet of water per hour thanks to the existing 1.5 miles of underground drainage pipe and 27 miles of heating cables.
In 2004, a new scoreboard was installed. The board features a huge video screen and message board and replaced the old board at the south end of the field. In 2002, the Academy added permanent lights. The cost of just under $500,000 was at no expense to tax payers. The Air Force Academy Athletic Association picked up the tab.
In 1991, the Academy installed nine skyboxes and remodeled the existing press box. The facility now seats 450 people indoors, along with 88 in the skyboxes. In addition to its game-day uses, the press box is also used by the athletic department as a banquet/meeting room.
Falcon Stadium was built in the fall of 1962 at a cost of $3.5 million. The stadium, which was built in a natural bowl, has a capacity of 46,692 and stands in the base of the Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Falcon Stadium opened on Sept. 22, 1962, when a then-overflow crowd of 41,350 saw Air Force defeat Colorado State, 24-0. AFA held a formal dedication on Oct. 20, 1962, when Air Force hosted Oregon. The Ducks won the game, 35-20.
The stadium was originally built solely for football, but lacrosse plays all of its home matches in the stadium and several non-athletic events, such as the Academy's annual graduation, are also conducted there.
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